American tourist stopping you

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Greedo, 12 May 2010.

  1. Greedo

    Greedo Guest

    and asking directions always cracks me up!

    Stopped earlier and asked where (say it with a slow American droll) "do you know how to get Buchy-a-nan-in Street sir"

    me- No idea mate!! but Buchanan Street is down there to the left :ohmy:
  2. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    Is this the way to Glouw-sest-er? Or Lye-cest-er-shire?

    And I live near Moree-camb-ee!
  3. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Sir, is this the way to Buy-sester ? (Bicester)
  4. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    Don't they ask for Edin Borrow? :biggrin:

    They can't help it tho' can they? Haven't bought the appropriate dictionary and expect everyone in the world to speak their language :ohmy:
  5. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Is this the way to Londinium (oh no, that was the Roman maiden I met in a dream) :ohmy:
  6. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    But on second thoughts, from one who lives in a country with mountain names like Na Gruagaichean or Mullach Choire nan Saobhaidh, that's a bit rich, Greedo!
  7. OP

    Greedo Guest

    They're only called names like that so when knobby English folk decide to climb them in the middle of January with blizzards and gales they can't describe where they're stuck when they phone the Mountain rescue and perish in their innapropriate clothing :ohmy:
  8. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I used to know a London taxi driver who picked up an American at Heathrow. The bloke said he wanted to go to "Stratford", so Bob took him across London to Stratford E15. When they got to the Mile End Road Bob asked him for the address and the American just replied "The Birthplace!" so Bob took him to the maternity hospital.
  9. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    English/American spelling/pronunciations are some times 'interesting' too ... Arkansas ? :ohmy:
  10. And you replied "Just amo...capiam a vultus":smile:
  11. abchandler

    abchandler Senior Member

    Worcs, UK
    High Wickomby
  12. XmisterIS

    XmisterIS Purveyor of fine nonsense

    My favorite trick when replying to lost Americans asking for directions is to speak in a thick London accent with plenty of slang thrown in ... The best response I've had to that was from an American in Winchester who asked me very slowly, "Dooo ... yoouuu ... speeeeak ... English? En-gur-lish? Yes?"
  13. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Is that "Lady, you gotta practice" or summat? Or some kind of offer to sort out her hypocaust?
  14. Theseus

    Theseus .

    It works the other way as well. A few years ago I was in Detroit and wanting to get to the Renaissance Center. On asking the cabbie for the Ren-aye-sence Centre and getting nowhere he eventually asked us if we were planning to go to the Renne-since Centre during our stay.
  15. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    It's not just Americans. I remember an Indian chap at a call centre I worked at a few years ago.

    He rang a customer and asked for Mrs Butch -a-non (Buchanon). The lady put the phone down on him after saying he must have the wrong number.

    Once he had to go to a Xerox (pronounced Zerocks) printing centre that we used. 'Where's Xrocks' he asked us.

    An indigenous British Girl once asked 'What's a Fassia?' (Fascia).

    My wife, of South Asian origin, used to say 'Char Les' (two syllables) to refer to Prince Charlie.
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